Caribbean Report 13-06-1991



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:45)
2. The role of Belize in an integrated Caribbean was the focal point of the discussions at the West Indian Commission’s first consultation meeting in Belize City. Howard Benson reports the major concerns expressed related to Belize’s identity and its relationship with the rest of the region. Comments from Silvana Woods, freelance journalist; Mark Usher, City Council employee; and Caritas Lawrence, high school principal (00:46-04:15)
3. The by-elections of the ruling Labour Party of Antigua to fill the seat of the late Reuben Harris will soon begin in Antigua. Mike Jarvis reports that the two leading candidates are Bridget Harris, the wife of the late Reuben Harris and Lynwall “Zero” Joseph, reigning calypso king of Antigua. The report also covered the former deputy Prime Minister Lester Bird’s dissatisfaction of the proposed voting procedures for the by-elections and his attempt to delay the elections if changes are not made (04:16-05:48)
4. Nelson Mandela, vice president of the African National Congress, is scheduled to visit Jamaica in 1991. In a telephone conversation with PM Michael Manley, Mr. Mandela indicated that his visit may tentatively take place in August (05:49-06:17)
5. The outbreak of cholera in South America poses a serious threat to the Caribbean and PAHO is predicting that over 40 million persons can be affected within a year if the Caribbean and Latin American countries fail to implement a joint approach to combat the spread of the disease. Mike Jarvis interviews Halmond Dyer, Caribbean Coordinator at PAHO’s regional office in Barbados (06:18-08:54)
6. The fourth Congress of the Cuban Communist party will begin on October 10 in Havana. Lionel Martin reports that the postponement of the Congress is due to Cuba hosting the Pan American games and not due to divisions in the party as speculated (08:55-11:15)
7. The first coalition party of Dutch St. Martin will assume office in three weeks and Eddie Williams reports that the new government’s priority is the implementation of a multi-million dollar development programme. Vance James Jr., leader of SBA and a senior coalition partner, states that the public investment programme will focus on infrastructural development with regards to roads, schools, airport and ports (11:16-12:56)
8. Tony Cozier reports on the current match between the West Indies and Derbyshire (12:57-14:51)